NBA Draft Profile: SG Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats

Olive Rios
May 14, 2017

There is not much known about 18-year-old Hamidou Diallo.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported from the Pre-Draft Combine Thursday that the two have met.

When you stir the kind of buzz that Diallo stirred, it does not get you thinking about beating Vanderbilt or Auburn.

"Diallo turned in the best vertical jump of any player at the combine 44.5".

"The buzz is that he's a little better than expected", said one former National Basketball Association coach who attended the workouts Thursday.

Bamba is likely, if Diallo stays in the draft United Kingdom will have a chance with Johnson but odds are against the Cats for both Diallo and the Pitt-transfer. I wouldn't mind going back to the University of Kentucky. The more you don't play, the more they like you.

Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky) says he's met with 10 teams, including the Brooklyn Nets.

"If someone takes him in the lottery I will retire", said Calipari. This is a really deep draft with a lot of interesting prospects, and the option of trading back for the Celtics shouldn't be looked at as a negative if things don't turn out in the lottery. Regardless, I would still be surprised to see new General Manager Kevin Pritchard take a chance on the raw prospect. "I'm happy to have them in my corner". He wowed on the AAU circuit prior to his commitment to Kentucky, and that athleticism alone might be enough to earn him a first-round selection should he keep his name in the draft. Sure, he was eligible, but he never suited up for the Kentucky Wildcats; he joined the program in January.

Diallo also told Adam Zagoria that he met with about 10 teams at the combine and plans to work out for several others next week. Freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk as well as sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had settled into their roles and earned a significant amount of minutes. Wherever Diallo would go in this draft, both he and Calipari would have a great idea of where it is.

Nobody knows if he can shoot like Devin Booker - or like Briscoe.

"Playing in the National Basketball Association has always been the ultimate goal for me", Diallo said when he declared.

I used the word "essentially", because Diallo jumped from Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy to United Kingdom in mid-season - and used his time with the Wildcats to add 8 pounds to his narrow frame.

Officially he weighed 197.4 pounds - 6 feet 3 1/2 inches without shoes, 6-5 in sneakers. "That, in combination with his 6'5" height and 6'11 ¼" wingspan, makes him a very intriguing guard prospect.

His wingspan is almost 5 inches longer than Fox, 2 1/2 longer than Briscoe and 1 1/4 more than Louisville's Donovan Mitchell. It was the best vertical in the combine, according to media reports there. That was set by Kenny Gregory. There's nothing more I could do.

Ask any Kansas fan. "Just coming into a season with a team that has some chemistry flowing, a team that's been together a whole summer and a semester, just coming in and trying to input myself right away wouldn't be right for me and wouldn't be right for those guys". I might have missed a stop or two, but none of his destinations were in the National Basketball Association.

That's not to suggest that Diallo will be Kenny Gregory II.

Better that a guy can make a jump shot - and National Basketball Association scouts are not certain of that.

Diallo was among ESPN's big winners from the combine thus far, and he's likely cemented himself into being a first-round pick. He added that he doubts Diallo will make the lottery. The extended time allows players to play through mistakes and build up inflated statistics that usually gains them recognition via being selected to the rising star games, making all-rookie teams, and drawing the eyes of casual observers who glance at the box score and check out the latest Youtube highlights.

"I would say it's just all about feel, no certain info, just all about feel and just feeling it out and trusting those around me to help me make an educated decision". "So I'm not thinking of short-term history".

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